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2009-12-13 ... Clarkson's assistant coach Jean-Francois Houle has been named the head coach of the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Houle, a former standout forward for the Golden Knights, has been a member of the Clarkson coaching staff since head coach George Roll took over the program in 2003-04. “We are sorry to see JF leave, but this is a great opportunity for him to become a head coach,’ remarked Roll. “It has been a very enjoyable seven years with JF on our coaching staff. Not only is he a good hockey man, but he is also a great person who is well respected at Clarkson as well as in the hockey community. We wish JF and his family the best. We are certainly going to miss him.”

2009-11-16 ... Yale forward Brian O’Neill, was named ECAC Player of the Week after helping the No. 9-ranked Bulldogs take three points in conference play last weekend. O’Neill had a goal and two assists in Yale’s 4-2 win at home over No. 3 Cornell last Friday. He added a goal and an assist in a 3-3 OT tie with Colgate the following night. His Saturday night helper highlighted one of the best plays of the young Yale season. O’Neill grabbed a loose puck near the Yale blueline, quickly turned and sent a perfect lead pass across the Colgate blueline to teammate Sean Backman. His linemate went in alone to score in Yale’s two-goal comeback tie.

2009-11-16 ... Air Force senior goaltender Andrew Volkening was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Goalie of the Week. Volkening allowed just two goals in two games as Air Force earned a 1-0 win and a 2-2 tie at Holy Cross. He posted a 0.96 goals-against average and a .966 saves percentage. He stopped all 29 shots he faced on Friday for his second consecutive shutout and the 13th of his career, a school record. One of his 29 stops was a glove save as time expired in the third period.

2009-11-10 ... Atlantic Hockey Assoc. has annouced it weekly award winners. Player of the Week: Jordan Cyr, Holy Cross; Goaltender of the Week: Jared DeMichiel, RIT; and Rookie of the Week: Jeff Larson, Connecticut.

2009-11-10 ... Having posted a career-high 45 saves in Saturday’s win at Wisconsin, Minnesota junior goaltender Alex Kangas has been named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

2009-11-10 ... North Dakota junior forward Evan Trupp has been named Red Baron WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his three-goal series in UND’s sweep last weekend at Michigan Tech. Trupp scored one goal in UND’s 4-2 win over the Huskies on Friday night, then followed with a two-goal effort – including the game-winner – in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. Trupp recorded seven shots on goal in the series and recorded a plus-2 rating.

2009-11-06 ... Denver junior goaltender Marc Cheverie is the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for October. Cheverie, who was injured in the last game of the month and may not return for six weeks, posted a 4-0-0 record with a .959 save percentage and 1.27 goals-against average for the Pioneers. In addition, he registered 223:51 consecutive shutout minutes to break Peter Mannino's school record of 208:42 set in 2005. During the streak, Cheverie claimed a pair of 3-0 victories over Minnesota to become the first goaltender to shut out the Golden Gophers in consecutive games. ... Derek Grant, a freshman forward at Michigan State, has been named the HCA National Rookie of the Month for October. Grant began the season on a six-game scoring streak and ranks first among CCHA freshmen with 10 points, including four goals and six assists.

2009-11-05 ... Dan Muse, an assistant at Sacred Heart in 2008-09, has been named assistant coach at Yale. There was an opening when long-time assistant coach C.J. Marottolo took the head coaching position at Sacred Heart just before the start of this season. Muse, a 2005 Stonehill College graduate, was also an assistant at D-III Williams from 2007-2008 and at Milton (Mass.) Academy from 2005-2007.

2009-10-26 ... Corey Tropp was named CCHA Player of the Week. The junior is an alternate captain for Michigan State.

2009-10-26 ... Atlantic Hockey's weekly award winners: Player of the Week: Nick Johnson, Sacred Heart; Goalie of the Week: Andrew Volkening, Air Force; and Rookie of the Week: Adam Pleskach, American International.

2009-10-26 ... After a two goal weekend, Western Michigan freshman left-winger Trevor Elias has been named CCHA Rookie of the Week.

2009-10-26 ... Senior Andreas Vlassopolous, who has battled years of injuries, will undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee soon, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. Vlassopolous has missed the past four games with pain in his right knee. He's had recurring issues with the knee since his freshman year.

2009-10-17 ... Merrimack freshman Stephane Da Costa has been cleared by the NCAA and made his collegiate against Holy Cross on Friday. Da Costa, a native of Paris, missed last weekend’s opening series with North Dakota while circumstances surrounding his eligibility were sorted out by the NCAA. The forward finished fifth in the USHL with 67 points last season (in just 48 games) including 31 goals. His points-per-game average were third best in the league (Da Costa missed a portion of December’s games while playing for Team France at the IIHF World Junior Championships).

2009-10-13 ... Michigan State forward Derek Grant has earned CCHA Rookie of the Week honors. Grant had a goal and an assist in each game in a sweep this past weekend of Clarkson. Grant netted three of his four points on the power play, contributing to MSU’s 5-of-16 effort (.312). Grant skates on the Spartans’ top line with senior Nick Sucharski and junior Corey Tropp, and the trio accounted for nine points in the series sweep of the Golden Knights.

2009-10-12 ... Quinnipiac senior Eric Lampe was named ECAC Player of the Week, while goalie Dan Clarke was named ECAC Goalie of the Week. The two helped Quinnipiac sweep Ohio State in the team's opening weekend.

2009-10-12 ... After leading Canisius to a 1-0 victory over Ferris State, sophomore Dan Morrison was honored by Atlantic Hockey as Player of the Week and Goaltender of the Week. Morrison stopped a Division I-program-best 48 shots. The sophomore goaltender was especially strong on the power play, where he made 18 saves.

2009-10-02 ... Wisconsin added former Colorado College goalie Jeff Sanger as a volunteer assistant coach. A Madison, Wis., native, Sanger is a former standout goaltender at CC. He is its all-time leader with 76 victories and 16 shutouts. Sanger’s career goals-against average of 2.48 stood as an all-time best for CC until two-time All-American Curtis McElhinney graduated with a 2.32 goals-against average (2001-05). Following his college career, Sanger played parts of three years of professional hockey at the AHL, ECHL, CHL and UHL level.

2009-09-29 ... Connecticut has promoted Joe Dumais to first assistant coach, and hired 2003 Providence graduate Devin Rask as second assistant, following the departure of assistant Glenn Stewart.

2009-09-28 ... Alaska coach Dallas Ferguson has received a five-year contract extension.

2009-09-21 ... Vermont graduate Joey Gasparini has been named an assistant coach at his alma mater. Head coach Kevin Sneddon made the announcement today. Gasparini replaces Willie Mitchell, who resigned last month. Gasparini played for the Catamounts from 2002-06 and served as an assistant captain during his senior season. He played in 128 games in his career as a forward (12-22--34).

2009-08-25 ... A standout goalie at New England College, Scott Gray has joined the Canisius hockey staff as an assistant coach.

2009-08-19 ... B.J. Adams has been added to the Canisius College hockey staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Adams joins the Griffs after spending the last three seasons as a player/coach with the Port Huron Icehawks and Flags. Among his duties in Port Huron, Adams was responsible for recruiting, scouting and on-ice instruction, while also serving as a defenseman with the team. The Scarborough, Ontario native played a total of 10 professional seasons of hockey, competing in the ECHL, IHL, CHL and UHL. He was also a four-year letterwinner at Bowling Green from 1996-2000.

2009-08-19 ... John Rose joins the Dartmouth staff for his first season after spending last season coaching junior hockey with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. Rose also has Division I collegiate hockey experience after stints with Alaska and Mercyhurst. Rose replaces Brendan Whittet, who recently accepted the head coaching job at Brown.

2009-08-10 ... Bowling Green coach Dennis Williams has added former Brown assistant Scott Stirling to his staff. Despite a 5-23-5 season for the Bears, Stirling helped guide goalie Mike Clemente to a respectable season including a .930 save percentage and a 2.67 GAA mark with over 675 saves as a freshman. “He (Stirling) is more knowledgeable than a goalie guy,” says Williams. “He knows the game. He knows the X’s and O’s too. I’m confident he can step in and gain the respect from our forwards and D.”

2009-07-31 ... Canisius assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the past four years, Mike Mankowski, will leave the program for the same position at Bowling Green. “The opportunity at Bowling Green is an exciting one for me,” Mankowski said. “The school is 20 minutes from where I grew up and where my family is from. It is a great opportunity to go home and return the program back to the national forefront.”

2009-07-28 ... Former Brown coach Herb Hammond died at age 69, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Hammond won 284 games as a head coach in college with three different schools, two of them -- Plattsburgh and Oswego -- at the Division III level, and then later at Brown from 1983-89. He subsequently became a scout in the NHL for 17 seasons.

2009-07-18 ... Grant Potulny, who was named a volunteer assistant coach in May, has been elevated to a full-time position following a national search process. In addition, Justin Johnson has been named the team’s volunteer goaltending coach. Both were members of Minnesota’s national championship teams in 2002 and 2003 with Potulny serving as a team captain each year. The moves were necessitated by the departure of Mike Hastings, who went to join Dean Blais on Nebraska-Omaha staff.

2009-06-22 ... Todd Knott has been named assistant coach at Minnesota State. Knott spent last season as head coach and general manager of Sioux City of the United States Hockey League. He was an associate head coach for Des Moines for three years (2005-08) where he was part of a Buccaneer staff that earned a Clark Cup title (USHL play-off championship) in 2005-06. Prior to his time in Des Moines, Knott spent a pair of seasons (one as an assistant coach, one as head coach) of Fargo-Moorhead in the North American Hockey League. Born and raised in Red Lake Falls, Minn., Knott played in the USHL with Lincoln in 1998-99 and was a forward for Bemidji State from 1999-2002 where he tallied 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points in 72 games for the Beavers.

2009-06-17 ... Jerry Forton, a former assistant and associate head coach at Niagara for 13 years, was named to the Massachusetts-Lowell hockey staff. Forton, who was an assistant with Lowell coach Blaise MacDonald at Niagara from 1996-2001, replaces former assistant Chris MacKenzie, who recently accepted the head post of the Niagara women’s program after eight years at Lowell.

2009-05-13 ... Grant Potulny is returning to Minnesota as a volunteer assistant coach. Potulny captained the Gophers to consecutive national championships in 2002 and 2003, scoring the overtime game winner in the 2002 final against Maine, and has since had an injury-plagued pro career. Last season, also shortended by injury, he played for Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

2009-05-01 ... Fox Sports North and the University of Minnesota have reached agreement on a new deal, that features a minimum of 28 exclusive regular-season Gopher hockey telecasts per season. In addition, the contract provides coverage of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association first round playoffs and continued half-hour pre-game and post-game shows adjacent to each broadcast.

2009-05-01 ... North Dakota's Chris VandeVelde has announced his intention to return for his senior season.

2009-03-11 ... The 2009 CHA All-Rookie Team: Forward, Dan Baco, Niagara; Forward, Cody Campbell, Alabama-Huntsville; Forward, Ben Kinne, Bemidji State; Defense, Brad Hunt, Bemidji State; Defense, James Lyle, Robert Morris; Goalie, Brooks Ostergard, Robert Morris.

2009-03-03 ... Vermont freshman Rob Madore was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month. Madore went 4-2-1 with a 1.70 goals against average and a .934 save percentage in February. He allowed just four even strength goals in seven starts in the month.

2009-03-03 ... Kael Mouillierat, a junior forward at Minnesota State, has been named WCHA Offensive of the Week for his outstanding play in MSU's two-game series with Wisconsin. A 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior from Edmonton, Alberta, Mouillierat had four points in two games as Minnesota State took three points from 16th-ranked Wisconsin in a pair of league home contests over the weekend.

2009-03-03 ... North Dakota freshman forward Brett Hextall has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week for his performance against Colorado College. Hextall accounted for three goals and four points as UND took three of four points from then-No. 13 CC, enabling the Fighting Sioux to move into sole possession of first place in the WCHA.

2009-03-03 ... Alaska-Anchorage goaltender Bryce Christianson, who posted back-to-back shutouts as the Seawolves won both ends of a home-and-home series against in-state rival Alaska-Fairbanks last weekend, was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

2009-02-17 ... Forward Erik Condra and defenseman Kyle Lawson were selected as the CCHA’s offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. The Notre Dame duo was instrumental in back-to-back wins for the Irish over Northern Michigan. Condra paced the Notre Dame attack with two goals and five assists for seven points, while Lawson was scoring once (a game winner) while chipping in four assists.

2009-02-17 ... Senior forward Patrick Brosnihan was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week after netting two big goals on the road last weekend in a pair of wins for No. 7 Yale. Brosnihan, who has five goals and seven points this year, scored goals in both games last weekend, including the game-winner against RPI.

2009-02-17 ... Freshman goalie Brad Eidsness has been named WCHA Rookie of the Week, and junior forward Chris VandeVelde has been named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week. Both helped North Dakota sweep Minnesota State last weekend.

2009-02-17 ... Minnesota forward Jay Barriball was selected the WCHA co-Offensive Player of the Week for his three-point weekend in the Gophers’ series against Alaska Anchorage. Barriball, a junior from Prior Lake, Minn., had two goals and one assist as the Gophers had a tie and a win against the Seawolves.

2009-02-17 ... Garrett Raboin, a junior defenseman and team captain for St. Cloud State, was named WCHA Defensive Player of the week for his efforts in a two-game sweep over visiting Michigan Tech last weekend. A 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior from Detroit Lakes, Minn., Raboin assisted on teammate Ryan Lasch’s game-winning goal in the third period of Friday's game, then  Saturday evening, Raboin scored the game-winning goal and set up another for a three-point series. In addition, he fired eight shots on goal and anchored an SCSU defense that allowed just two even-strength goals and a total of 45 shots on goal on the weekend.

2009-02-16 ... North Dakota sophomore defenseman Derrick LaPoint, who sustained a broken leg Saturday night against Minnesota State, underwent successful surgery Sunday morning at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and is out for the remainder of the season. LaPoint, a native of Eau Claire, Wis., had a goal and four assists in 32 games this season. In 63 career games, LaPoint has three goals and nine assists for 12 points. He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

2009-02-11 ... Minnesota freshman Grant Scott has decided to leave school and play in the United States Hockey League. Scott, a highly-touted recruit, had played in just one game this season. "He wanted to play," coach Don Lucia told Minnesota Daily.

2009-02-06 ... North Dakota forward Jason Gregoire has been named the Hockey Commissioner’s Association (HCA) National Division I Rookie of the Month for January. Gregoire collected 10 points during 10 January games, including a team-leading six goals, in leading the 13th-ranked Fighting Sioux to a 7-1-2 record. The Winninpeg, Manitoba, native, opened the month with a season-long five-game point streak and enjoyed three multi-point games.

2009-02-06 ... St. Cloud State junior forward Ryan Lasch, who had 14 points in eight games, has been named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for January. Lasch, averaging 1.75 points-per-game in January, led the Huskies to a 4-3-1 record against four nationally ranked teams. His best performance of the month came on Jan. 17 when he fired a hat trick and added an assist in a game against Minnesota. A week earlier, the 2008 Hobey Baker Finalist recorded a three-point night (1-2-3) in a 6-3 victory over Minnesota-Duluth.

2009-02-03 ... Vermont junior Viktor Stålberg has been named the Hockey East Player of the Month. Stålberg had eight goals and 12 points in January as he led the seventh-ranked Catamounts to a 5-2-2 month. Stålberg becomes the first UVM player to win a monthly award this season.

2009-02-03 ... Forward Greg Squires of Western Michigan has been named the CCHA Rookie of the Month for January. Squires notched eight points in 10 games in the month and moved into a tie for seventh in scoring among CCHA rookies. He recorded a point in seven of 10 games including five straight games with an assist.

2009-02-03 ... Sophomore forward Mark Olver of Northern Michigan has been named the CCHA Player of the Month for January. Olver, a 2008 draft pick of Colorado, averaged one-and-a-half points-per game tying him for the CCHA lead in points and placing eighth in the country for January. The Northern Michigan sophomore was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week for his 2-2-4 line at Wisconsin on Jan. 2 and 3. Olver ended the month strongly with five points (1-4-5) in a Jan. 30-31 series against Western Michigan.

2009-01-20 ... Wyatt Russell, backup goaltender for Alabama-Huntsville, has left UAH to play for a team in Germany. Russell is the son of actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

2009-01-20 ... Viktor Stålberg was named the Hockey East Player of the Week. The Vermont junior had three goals and four points over the weekend in a two-game split at No. 3 Northeastern. He had 15 shots on goal, including 10 in a 4-2 win over the Huskies on Saturday.

2009-01-20 ... Coming off a weekend sweep over St. Cloud State, Minnesota’s Mike Hoeffel and Aaron Ness were both honored with WCHA weekly awards. Hoeffel was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week, while Ness earned Rookie of the Week honors. Hoeffel had three goals and one assist in the weekend series. In Saturday’s 8-6 win, he scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period. Ness finished with four assists in the series, including a season-high three assists in Saturday’s win. The league’s Defensive Player of the Week two weeks ago, Ness helped spark the Gophers’ national-best penalty killing unit that held St. Cloud State to 2-for-15 on the power play.

2009-01-13 ... Wisconsin junior assistant captain Jamie McBain has been named WCHA co-Offensive Player of the Week. McBain, the nation's leading scorer among defensemen, shares the honor with North Dakota's Ryan Duncan. The nation's top-scoring blueliner this season with 28 points, McBain's two assists last Friday came on a game-tying power-play goal and a third period game-winner.

2009-01-13 ... North Dakota senior forward Ryan Duncan has been named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week and freshman forward Jason Gregoire has been named WCHA Rookie of the Week for their roles in UND’s WCHA sweep of third-ranked Minnesota last weekend in Grand Forks.

2009-01-13 ... The CCHA named Notre Dame defenseman Kyle Lawson and goaltender Jordan Pearce the CCHA’s defensive player and goaltender of the week, respectively. The Notre Dame duo was instrumental in back-to-back shutout wins for the Irish over Alaska by 2-0 and 3-0 scores. Lawson was plus-3 on the weekend and assisted on three of the team’s five goals in the series. Pearce stopped all 38 shots he faced in the two contests to record his third and fourth shutouts of the season while running his current shutout streak to 161:30 over the last three games.

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